That Wikipedia page is defining the waterfall methodology life cycle. KiCad is somewhere in between waterfall and agile methodology.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_development_process <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_development_process> Cheers, Jeff. > On 19 Feb 2018, at 21:00, Wayne Stambaugh <stambau...@gmail.com> wrote: > > I think we are using rc in the correct context here. Our alpha and beta > testing is completely open and continuous thanks to our nightly builds. > We are in feature freeze so no new feature code is being added to KiCad. > We are in the process of cleaning up a final few bugs before rc1. If > no bugs were found in rc1 then it would become stable version 5.0.0. > I'm not going to hold my breath on that. We just don't use showstopper > bugs as our stable release criteria. If we find UI strings with > spelling errors or other minor polishing errors during rc1, we will fix > them and release an rc2. I'm not going to release a stable release > version of KiCad with these minor bugs if I can avoid it just to appease > some versioning scheme defined on Wikipedia. Our current versioning > scheme suits our purposes given our manpower limitations so until I find > a compelling reason to change it, I will keep it the way it is. Thank > you for your input. > > Cheers, > > Wayne > > On 2/19/2018 3:38 PM, Eeli Kaikkonen wrote: >> I'm not a KiCad developer, nor do I know much about its history or >> developers, so I don't have any kind of authority here, but I feel I >> have to talk about the version names. Now is probably the last possible >> time to draw attention to it because "RC1" is around the corner. >> >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_release_life_cycle#Release_candidate >> : >> >> "a beta version with potential to be a final product, which is ready to >> release unless significant bugs >> <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer_bug> emerge." >> >> They key expression here is "ready to release". That's how it has been >> used in all FLOSS projects I have seen. It means that the code doesn't >> have to be changed for the final release unless serious new bugs are >> found. I have got the impression that the next release of KiCad, which >> now is called RC1, should really be beta1. >> >> So, how far KiCad is now from the final release? Has this been discussed >> before and how this naming scheme have been decided? What do you >> understand by RC and beta? >> >> >> Eeli Kaikkonen >> >> >> _______________________________________________ >> Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~kicad-developers >> Post to : firstname.lastname@example.org >> Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~kicad-developers >> More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp >> > > _______________________________________________ > Mailing list: https://launchpad.net/~kicad-developers > Post to : email@example.com > Unsubscribe : https://launchpad.net/~kicad-developers > More help : https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp
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